GALLERIA ALBERTO SORDI exhibitions Galleria Colonna in piazza Colonna
from 11/12/2012 to 12/12/2029
Galleria Colonna in piazza Colonna Sorgente Group
, in collaboration with the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and activities
, is promoting a photography exhibition in the Galleria Colonna to look back on the history of this important retail Gallery located in the heart of Rome. Through a series of period photographs from the Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation (ICCD), the exhibition travels through the most important moments of the building’s life, such as the two World Wars and the boom years, to highlight the role of the Galleria as a cultural and business meeting point for Romans.
The documentation, generously made available by the Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation (ICCD) since January 2009, concerns a period that spans from the end of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century, and has been assembled from various photographic archives (Morpurgo, Andrè, Gfn, Ferro Candilera). The images are by various photographers, the most famous and most significant of the time, and represent very different techniques: from Morpurgo's and Andrè's collodion all the way to watercolour or sepia postcards, a social communication tool and cultural phenomenon of the newly emerging middle classes.
The Galleria Colonna goes back to its original vocation, playing host to a photographic exhibition dedicated to its own history. Indeed, from its construction, this central space in Rome was used also for exhibitions and displays such as the one dedicated to paintings held in 1916.
Soon, the Galleria will host a photography exhibition dedicated to Art Nouveau glimpses from Paris, while at the same time displaying a section of the helicoidal staircase from the Eiffel Tower, dismantled in the 1980's and recently acquired by Fondazione Sorgente Group
at a New York auction. This series of photographs, focusing on Paris' 1889 World's Fair, thus becomes an opportunity to celebrate the Ville Lumière and its most representative monument. A celebration of Parisian Art Nouveau hosted inside an Italian Art Nouveau building, such as Galleria di Piazza Colonna, creating an imaginary link between the two European capitals, under the aegis of style and art.